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Lot 320: 1973 Honda XL250

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

Hondaís long line of successful off-road models commenced in 1972 with the launch of the SL250 trail bike, though the nomenclature soon changed to the more familiar XL250. A that time Honda was Japanís biggest bike manufacturer (it still is, of course) but the smallest producer of off-road models. Big Hís first attempt at building an engine specifically for Ďdirtí use, the XL single-cylinder four-stroke motor was typically Honda in conception, being an all-alloy, overhead-cam, four-valve unit with integral five-speed gearbox, which was housed in a robust cradle-type frame. Weighing 305lbs with fuel and oil, the XL was on the heavy side for a 250 dirt single but that figure was a reflection of its superior build quality and level of equipment. Top speed on the road was around 65mph.

This early XL250 is offered in original unrestored condition.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number320
Estimate$2000-$2500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$1200
Hammer Price (inc premium)$1380
Year1973
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